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A One-Act Play

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By Maggie Smith


The creative writing class of Mary Magdalene's Preparatory School for Girls have less than three hours to finish editing their school's literary magazine. Too bad they don't have any poems to edit. In a last-ditch effort to complete their task, the girls lock themselves in their classroom in order to have a long and hard conversation that even the smartest among us can't answer: What makes good poetry?

Exquisite Corpse was written with a focus on literary censorship, morality, and the importance of art in a teenager's life. It was also written as a way to honor the lifelong friendships I made in my own creative writing class. And while we never fought or put down each other's work, I can speak for myself when I say we definitely pulled some all-nighters. Just not while we were locked in the school.

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